There was a time when women dreaded the bridesmaid role at a wedding. It meant wearing something horrible, just so they didn’t ‘show up the bride’. Remember Rachel Green’s pink bridesmaid dress in Friends? No thank you. Fortunately, most modern brides are excited to put their best friends in gowns that are flattering and fashionable. And choosing a dress (or a range of dresses, thanks to the popular mismatched trend) has never been more fun, with gorgeous options available each season from top bridal labels like Hayley Paige.
Spring 2019 is no exception. I’m loving the looks that are coming through at the moment. I can’t wait to see them in my real weddings this year! Here are some of my favorite trends.
Halternecks: When Meghan Markle stepped out for her reception in that incredible Stella McCartney dress, halternecks came back into the spotlight in a big way. I’m expecting to see lots of bridesmaids in this flattering style over the summer.
’90s-inspired Styles: Halternecks aren’t the only ’90s-inspired look making its way into bridesmaid fashion at the moment. Cowl necklines, slip dresses and velvet have all been making a chic comeback.
Jewel Tones: Pastels and neutrals will always have a place in my heart, but as brides have embraced rich jewel tones for their wedding colors, so they have for their retinue. Emerald, indigo, plum and burgundy are all gorgeous shades on their own, or can be beautifully mix and matched.
Jumpsuits: These days, a bridesmaid dress doesn’t have to be a dress at all! Jumpsuits are super stylish, especially for a sophisticated city wedding. They’re also a great option for groomsmaids.
Embroidery: Embroidered detailing was big news on the bridal catwalk last year, and now embroidery has made its way to bridesmaids as well. I especially love the embroidered bridesmaid gowns being showcased by designers like Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Yoo in their current collections. This reinvention of an age-old embellishment feels high fashion but timelessly elegant.
Which look is your favorite?
Image from Hayley Paige